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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. r. kelly freed. the singer walking out of jail after someone paid the child support he owed. but it comes as a new accuser is speaking out, alleging sexual abuse when she was just 13, and calling on the singer to "tell the truth and stop playing the victim." deadly bus collision. a head-on accident between a school bus carrying children and an suv. three people killed, including a little girl on the middle school softball team. the school says their bus was hit by a drunk driver. tornado threat. several reported tornadoes riacross the s sparks flying as dangerous weather takes out power lines. and the threat tonight. the storm now on the move,
targeting the northeast. smollett's defense. the actor facing 16 new felonies for what police say was a faked hate crime. his lawyer insisting he is innocent, and now a victim of a "media lynching." while the brothers who say the actor paid them to help stage the attack, are seen in public for the first time. plus, the man in the emergency room learning his end was near from a doctor speaking remotely on a video screen. the man dying two days later. his family now outraged at how that hospital delivered that grim news. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with singer r. kelly out of jail again tonight. his second stretch behind bars in two weeks. this time, for failing to pay $161,000 in child support. kelly walked out of the jail after someone paid that money on
his behalf, but it comes as a new accuser speaks out. allegedly he sexually abused her when she was just 13. saying, he was the adult and i was the child. kelly maintaining he was innocent of that charge and the others he facing, telling reporters he's going to straighten it all out. abc's erielle reshef starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, cloaked in a gray hoodie, r. kelly freed from jail after a judge ordered him locked up for defaulting on eight months of child support. >> i promise you, we're going to straighten all this stuff out. that's all i can say right now. i promise you. >> reporter: kelly reportedly posting more than $160,000 in back payments. it's the latest in a mounting legal saga for the disgraced singer, previously charged with ten counts of sexual misconduct and aggravated sexual abuse. >> it's open season on r. kelly. everybody is now coming forward. look, there's no money for these people. >> reporter: now, in the wake of kelly's explosive cbs interview. >> have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17? >> no, no. >> never? >> no. >> reporter: another woman coming forward claiming he
sexually assaulted her when she was just 13, saying she's now willing to testify against kelly, writing in a statement -- "listening to r. kelly's denials about what he did to underage girls like me was very hurtful. he needs to tell the truth and he needs to stop playing the victim." kelly pleading not guilty to the charges, adamant he's never held a woman against her will. >> i'm fighting for my [ bleep ] life! y'all killing me with this! [ bleep ]. >> reporter: two of kelly's fiercest defenders? his live-in girlfriends, azriel clary and joycelyn savage, accusing their own parents of fabricating the allegations for financial gain. >> i talked to your dad last night and he's very concerned. he said he was here two days ago and you wouldn't even look him in the eye. >> okay, i wouldn't look him in the eye because he's a liar. >> reporter: claims both sets of parents, who appeared in that explosive lifetime documentary, strongly deny. >> to hear my daughter discredit us, and talk so blunt about us, that we would sell her -- that
man never gave us any money in his life that anything to do with my daughter or anything else. >> erielle reshef joins us now. r. kelly is going to go back to court to face those charges. if convicted he faces substantial time. >> if convicted he faces up to 70 years behind bars. >> 70 years. all right, erielle, thank you. we turn now to a heartbreaking accident in seminole county, oklahoma.head- suv and a school bus. carrying a middle school softball team. three people were killed, including one member of that team. tonight, the whole community is in mourning. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, the scorched wreckage of this deadly crash giving a glimpse into the horror that unfolded on this r p injured, when they were hit head
on by what the school superintendent called a drunk driver. the children traveling back from a junior high school softball game friday night when the highway patrol says this suv crossed into oncoming traffic. the bus swerving to avoid it, but investigators say the suv drove back into the bus's path. >> it is a high-impact head-on collision. there's severe damage to both vehicles. after impact, both vehicles did catch fire. >> reporter: the driver of the suv and his female passenger, killed, as well as that student. the other five girls on that bus, and their driver, rushed to a hospital. >> i can't imagine as a family member, you know, what they're having to go through. >> reporter: the superintendent of the konawa school district, about an hour from oklahoma city, calling it a "tragedy which has deeply affected all of us." and that school will be closed monday to give the community more time to grieve. and tonight, investigators say they're awaiting the toxicology report to determine whether the driver of that suv was impaired.
tom? >> marci gonzalez, thank you. next to that powerful storm moving across the country and the tornado threat across the south. alerts are in effect as we come on the air. and this reported tornado seen spinning over the fields in prairie county, arkansas. the damage from a reported tornado there in arkansas. the dangerous weather is on the move tonight, set to reach the northeast in the morning. stephanie ramos reporting from memphis. >> reporter: tonight, from tornadoes to blinding snow, this ferocious march storm has it all. watch this reported twister spin as lightning strikes near little rock, arkansas. powerful winds ravaging this swath of farmland just north of keo. destruction for as far as the eye can see. in jackson county, these power lines sparking after the storm rolled through. millions tonight at the mercy of mother nature, with weather alerts from the dakotas down to
alabama. in texas, lightning illuminating the sky over dallas. heavy rains accompanied by quarter-sized chunks of hail. >> it's hailing. >> reporter: the same system blasting south dakota with snow. eight inches reported in spots. treacherous conditions. drivers taking it slow on icy roads like this one. colorado also digging out. whiteout conditions making it impossible for this driver in eagle county to see. avalanches there turning deadly and still a threat this weekend. slides like this one already reported. >> stephanie ramos joins us live now. stephanie, we saw in your report the damage to those power lines these storm have caused. people losing power in memphis as well? >> reporter: absolutely, tom. the storms today knocked out power to thousands across the region. while the activity here is starting to taper off, this powerful system will continue to
sweep east tonight. tom. >> stephanie, thank you. let's talk to rob marciano. now, our senior meteorologist. we're talking tornadoes. >> five reported across four states. tornado watches posted just east of memphis, nashville and alabama. some heavy winds across arkansas moving into the northeast along with the heavy snow in the northwestern quadrant. chicago, detroit, heavy rain now in the next couple of hours. pittsburgh as well. in the morning, hartford, new england, starting out as sleet but changing over to rain. the next 24 hours, tom, is going to be a bit messy. we want to turn to immigration now. a federal judge has handed trump administration a new setback ruling that they may have to reunite families. finding that the separation started even before the zero tolerance policy went into effect last spring. just yesterday, abc news was with one father finally reunited with his 6-year-old son after
spending nine months apart. gnitude of the trump administration's practice of family separations coming into focus. a california judge ruling friday that potentially thousands more migrant children must be tracked down by the government to, "avoid the very real possibility of a permanently orphaned child due to the actions of one or more government officials." earlier this week, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen denied that migrant parents had been subjected to forced deportation without their children. >> there has been no parent who has been deported, to my knowledge, without multiple opportunities to take their children with them. >> reporter: but jesus, a migrant fleeing violence in honduras, said he was tricked into being deported without his 6-year old son ariel. abc news has been following their story. jesus says he was told that the child would meet him at the airport, and then he says officials told him ariel was on a special plane for minors.
>> reporter: he says he pleaded with officials, but they forced him onto the plane while ariel remained in the u.s. he didn't know where. landing in honduras, jesus says his soul was broken. unable to find the words to tell his wife he had been separated from their child. but last night after nine months, a reunion. jesus telling his son, "i never gave up hope that we were going to see you." tom, the whole family is now seeking asylum in the united states. we reached out to immigration and customs enforcement but they declined to comment they said because of pending litigation. tom. >> lana, thank you. the family story is part of abc news' ongoing borderline project. tune into "nightline" for more of that reporting. ths suorrsched in caracas.uelin
defying a government ban on protests.io poce while supporters of president nicolas maduro held their own rally protesting u.s. imperialism. the crisis fueled by a nationwide power failure that has lasted for days. the government blames sabotage. others blame years of mismanagement. and there's a big change coming for tourists to europe. the european union announcing that american travelers will need a visa to visit beginning in 2021. right now, u.s. citizens can travel to paris, rome, madrid, or any of the other 26 countries in europe, for up to 90 days without a visa. it's to improve security and avoid problems with illegal immigration and terrorism. back here at home, the legal team defending actor jussie smollett is pushing back. after the star was charged with 16 new felonies. a grand jury has indicted him for allegedly staging a hate crime on himself. in a statement his lawyer said those charges are vindictive. insisting again that smollett is
a victim of a terrible crime. here's abc's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: tonight, actor jussie smollett firing back. his legal team digging in, claiming he's innocent of the 16 felony counts he's been charged with. >> i defy you to find one commentator who hasn't been caught up in this kind of -- this media lynching. >> reporter: the charges that smollett faked a racist and homophobic attack that included tying a noose around his neck, could land him serious prison time. his high-profile defense attorney claiming smollett has not been given the presumption of innocence. >> i defy anybody to find any indictment anywhere, where somebody has brought 16 counts for being a victim of a hate crime basically. >> reporter: but as for his claim of a hate crime, a grand jury found "no reasonable ground for believing that such an offense had been committed." >> i'm an advocate. you do such a disservice when you lie about things like this. [ bleep ]. make something like this up or add something to it.
>> reporter: the two men, once considered suspects, say they were paid by the actor to carry out the attack. the brothers seen here for the first time since they were interrogated. >> it's not the chicago police saying he did something. it's the evidence, the facts, and the witnesses that are saying this. >> reporter: smollett has been adamant that he's innocent of these crimes which carry serious prison time. his lawyer telling abc news his lawyer telling abc news that there has been no conversations related to a plea agreement. >> zachary, thank you. medical note tonight, flu season may be nearing its peak. but health officials are now watching a new wave of illness. flu reported to be widespread across 48 states. with the noted increase in especially nasty strain of the virus. one causing more hospitalizations and more deaths especially in elderly patients. more than a u samp teast weekere this ngerous stra. the desperate search for a marine from camp pendleton who
went missing on a backcountry ski trip. his father alerted authorities this past monday. last night, lieutenant kraft's jeep wrangler was found in the sierras. authorities say winter storms may have made the search incredibly difficult. and there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- caught on surveillance, the violent confrontation between a handcuffed man and an off-duty officer. to moment thing spiral out of control. telemedicine. family hearing that their loved one won't have a long time to live from a doctor speaking via computer. is this the future of bedside medicine? stay with us. a plane forced to divert. a full groundstop. what caused it? stay with us. what caused it? she can stay with you to finish her senior year. things will be tight but, we can make this work.
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>> it was pretty sad. very devastating. very disappointing how the news was delivered. >> reporter: kaiser permanente saysg their machine -- known as i-robots -- "did not replace conversations with patient and family members" and was "not used in the delivery of an initial diagnosis." ernest quintana died on tuesday, spending his final 48 hours at the hospital. he was 78 years old. kaiser permanente in their statement added that the technology of telemedicine is truly beneficial, allowing small hospitals around the country to have specialists, such as board-certified critical care physicians, available 24/7. tom? >> whit, thank you. and when we come back -- this major crash, an suv and a ghansit bus colliding.hossenng plus, the oldest living rethin she doeto let's honest: shldn'bee usating dealrae
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